Seeds of Genius - The Pleasure Garden
At just 25, Alfred Hitchcock was given his first directing job working on the 1925 melodrama, The Pleasure Garden. Even at this early stage of his career it’s possible to find distinct examples of what we now call ‘Hitchcockian’ motifs, from a fascination with staircases, the act of voyeurism, and the use of dogs as a moral compass.
In this film, the second of four focusing on Hitchcock’s early work, specially commissioned by The Space, film historian Charles Barr and the BFI’s silent film curator Bryony Dixon explore the genesis of Hitchcock’s unique style of visual storytelling during these early years.
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